Day #71 March 1 2019

Weather: Stunt run!

Just barely, but with firm, sticky snow. Great footing on the trail, not so great on the sidewalks, terrible on the driveways.

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So today was cold again, and seemed too cold until the first 15 minutes were behind me. At the coop corner leak, I stopped to photograph the leak in sunshine, then ran across the lake, taking a closer look.

Mostly though, I just wanted to save the trail for last.

I found a bit of graffiti in Somba K’e Park, and snapped a pic to see if anyone knew what was written there.

Secret directions to a buried treasure, or an instagram hashtag…?

I got into the trail right away, but found it VERY crowded. After he stepped politely out of my way, I skidded off along a skidoo trail and on to more solitary areas.

Had the rest of the run to myself, until getting back into street traffic.

Training Tip: Overflow – caution

There are places where water can flow, even in brutal cold, and create unexpected hazards.

The overflow you see isn’t dangerous. It’s the stuff you miss.

overflow creeping toward the trail

This example is water overflowing onto Frame Lake. As you can see, there is a large wet area, which it would be wise to avoid. If you imagine the water continuing to spread, and a bit of snow cover after, you can understand better how treacherous it can be. The ground around you can look like all hard-packed snow – until you punch through and find yourself in slushy water. Wet ice is unexpectedly slippery.

Usually, you hear about this happening to snow machines. I think it’s pretty easy to keep free of such trouble when running, but I would be a bit more vigilant in areas where regular overflow is known (such as this one) and any unfamiliar area.

Marked trail across the lake – with Stanton under construction in the background